Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worriers at PhilaMOCA, Jedi Mind Tricks at The Trocadero, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live and more

Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via
Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via

Worriers is the brainchild of longtime punk rocker Lauren Denitzio, and though she has a live band (featuring scene staple Mikey Erg), Worriers debut LP Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace) is a work entirely her own. The records and and ensuing tour will obviously be very personal for Denitzio and Worriers, but fortunately, “personal” still means kick-ass punk rock. The band takes the stage at PhilaMOCA tonight; click here for more info. Continue reading →


Download and listen to new sounds from Stoupe’s hip-hop supergroup Red Martina

redmartina Red Martina, the new collaboration between producer Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind (Jedi Mind Tricks), multi-instrumentalist Ish Quintero, rapper Noesis of Philadelphia Slick, and vocalist Hayley Cass, have released their debut album, Intransit on Badtape Music. Red Martina blend hip-hop and downtempo music with old and new soul, live instrumentation and lots of tasty samples from some very seasoned hip-hop veterans. Below, download the song “Hands of Time,” and stream “The Crumbs of the Crumbs.”

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Tonight’s Concerts, June 18th: Ropeadope Presents “What Is Jazz? What Is Hip-Hop?” at The Blockley (hosted by Schoolly D)

Tonight at the Blockley in West Philadelphia, Schoolly D is hosting Ropeadope Presents: What Is Jazz? What Is Hip-Hop?, a genre-blending showcase featuring Philly MC’s MH The Verb, Apuat, Chess, Ty Ward and Poole from WyldLyfe, Noesis from Philadelphia Slick, the Denton, Texas band Snarky Puppy and others. DJ Stoupe from Jedi Mind Tricks will be spinning. Below, a musical sampler of some of the artists performing.

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Ropeadope Presents:: What Is Jazz (What Is Hip-Hop)? featuring Snarky Puppy & hosted by Schoolly D at 9PM at The Blockley. Tickets to the 21 + show are $12–$15.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Jedi Mind Tricks, Phantogram, Matt Duke


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Jedi Mind Tricks performs Oct. 29 at The Trocadero

Jedi Mind Tricks’ Vinnie Paz has had a busy 2010. As co-owner of the new Philly-based hip hop label Enemy Soil, Paz has had a hand in putting out records by acts such as Dutch, Reef The Lost Cauze, and Army Of The Pharaohs (as well as Vinnie’s own solo material). So, we’re glad that JMT was able to squeeze a local show in before heading across the Atlantic Ocean for a European tour. With a new album, Violence Begets Violence, slated for a 2011 release on Enemy Soil, we’re looking forward to hearing some new tracks tonight. Jedi Mind Tricks performs with Freeway and Reef The Lost Cauze at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $22.

Also playing: The Intelligence + Hot Guts, Landlords at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); Social Distortion + Lucero, Frank Turner at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $30).

Electronic rock duo Phantogram has been making a name for itself on the Interwebs since the release the band’s debut LP, Eyelid Movies, back in February. Fans of Portishead and Massive Attack will find plenty to like on the album, which features 11 tracks of (mostly) detached pop with trippy atmospherics to spare. It’s perfect background music for a late-night walk through the city, which makes the fact that the band is from the rural town of Saratoga Springs, NY, and recorded the album in a barn all the more surprising. Phantogram performs with Josiah Wolf at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10-$12.

Want to see Peter Gabriel’s 1986 classic So—which includes hit singles such as “Sledgehammer,” “Red Rain,” and “Big Time”—performed live on stage, but don’t necessarily want to see a 60-year-old Gabriel doing it? You’re in luck: Local singer-songwriter Matt Duke will be at World Cafe Live on Halloweeen night and will play the album in its entirety. “So was one of those records that inspired my creative side and was a big reason why I began pursuing music and the arts,” Duke says. “It has just about everything I ever wanted in a record—great lyrics, some sparkling, pop compositions with darker undertones, a duet with Kate Bush, and a couple of odd timings peppered here and there. It’s been a challenge, but every time the band and I wrap up a rehearsal I feel like that little kid listening to that record for the very first time—inspired and really, really excited.” Matt Duke performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets are $16-$21.

Also playing: WXPN Presents The Blue Method + Sophistafunk at The Blockley Pourhouse (9 p.m., $12)